Is it real or is it paranoia at work? Producer dad Harry Baweja has been pretty vocal about the ‘unpleasant moves' to trip his sci-fi movie which will be released on July 4. That Friday, too, a film produced by Aamir Khan opens, showcasing his nephew Imran.
So, what's the big deal? Simply the fact that both the films are decisive projects for their heroes.
Harman Baweja, debuting with Love Story 2050, has maintained a politically correct silence, so far.
Now, he opens up in a conversation with Vajir Singh...
There have been some embarrassing moments for you. As soon as you stepped on the dais for the music release of Love Story 2050, everyone shouted "Hrithik.. Hrithik.. Hrithik."
(Cutting in) Not everyone but just one person. This person was not even invited for the function. He had gate crashed. It was planned and done deliberately. But all my friends told me that I behaved coolly, with dignity.
Do you mean someone is hatching a plan to sabotage your debut?
This person was thrown out of the conference. Don't expect me to divulge his name though. I've asked my boys to get me his number. I want to call him and thank him. I was nervous before coming on the stage but his "Hrithik.. Hrithik," gave me the courage to talk to the media. I'm ready for anything and everything now.
But who is playing such dirty tricks?
Someone is up to dirty tricks for sure.
<b1>Has anyone walked up to you, mistaking you for Hrithik Roshan?
No, (Laughs) But I think quite a few people go up to Hrithik and ask if he's Harman.
Aamir Khan is launching his nephew Imran Khan with Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na on July 4, on the same day that Love Story 2050 is being released.
At the end of the day, there's no benefit for either of the competing parties. The two films are bound to cut into each other's business, at least from my point of view. Deep down in my heart, I feel this clash could have been avoided but it's beyond our control.
Didn't your father (Harman Baweja) request Aamir Khan to postpone his release date?
My father did. He talked to Aamir as well as 20- 25 producers who were toying with the idea of releasing their movies in June/July. If you ask me, if I would have wanted a solo release, I'd say yes, of course. Anyone would. See, Aamir sir is a senior actor, he's been around for years. What can I say about his way of thinking? I'm sure he has a reason.
Recently, Aamir Khan was spotted with a T-Shirt on which July 4 was written. That's the release date of the two films. Does all this intimidate you?
I'm not scared of anything. I'm not scared of any movie coming before mine.. after mine.. with mine.. under mine.. above mine.. next to mine. The only thing is that I wish that there had not been unhealthy competition.
So, what's buzzing in your head right now?
I'm nervous, I'm tired, I'm happy, I'm anxious, I'm curious. My mood swings with every phone call, with every article in the papers. A bit of gossip upsets me. But when I'm informed that my film has been sold for a phenomenal price in a particular territory, I'm all smiles.
Which bit of gossip do you get upset by?
Thankfully, so far there has been nothing which has made me pick up the phone and call up the editors.
Come on, why deny that you're dating Priyanka Chopra?
I still deny this although it's been going on for years.
What has been going on for years?
The denials. See, we've known each other for years. If there was something brewing, we would have acknowledged it.
Isn't the term 'just good friends' a big yawn?
(Laughs) I agree with you. Well okay, we are 'just great friends.'
It's said that Priyanka drops you home well past midnight, after your dates.
Answer: What! We don't even think of sleeping by 12.30 am nowadays. We hang out in a group and it's way past midnight by the time we get home.
At the music release function, how come you greeted everyone on the dais except Priyanka Chopra?
(Thinks) I did shake hands with her. Maybe you didn't see because of the angle at which you were standing at the party.
Hasn't the Priyanka talk kept you in the news?
Any publicity is a good publicity, right? Whether it's good or bad for me is not for me to judge.
Kareena Kapoor was the first choice of Love Story 2050. Today after Jab We Met, she's very hot in the market. Do you regret losing out on her?
She shot with me for a couple of days. But I don't think any other actress could have done it the way Priyanka has.
Talk is that she recommended your name to Ashutosh Gowariker for What's your Raashee? since Shahid Kapur refused to answer Gowariker's call.
That's absurd! This is what I don't like, it's insulting. Can you believe a director of his stature would listen to his actress and cast me? I was signed on three weeks before Priyanka was.